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Fasting Is Good

Fasting Is Good

Fasting is good, especially when it is an abstinence from social media.  A few months ago, the prophet asked the youth to do a social media fast for 7 days.  Last night, he asked the women to do a social media fast for 10 days.

When the prophet asked the youth to fast for 7 days I decided to do it too.  I figure what’s good for them is good for everyone.  With last night’s request, I figured, what’s good for the goose is good for the gander.

When I did the 7 days fast I deleted all social media applications from my cell phone.  I never installed them after that.  This time I’ve deleted them from my tablet.  After the 10 days, I might not install them their either.

Conference Talks and Social Media

I noticed the mention in a couple of conference talks the contention that takes place on social media.  Just in the last few days, I’ve blocked 4 members from my Facebook account.  Why?  Contention.

One of the biggest contentions going on right now concerns Justice Kavanaugh’s nomination, and subsequent installment, to the Supreme Court.  It has split many people into three camps:  Those who feel Kavanaugh is being falsely accused and assumed guilty, and those who believe all his accuser has said about him.

The third camp seems to be the only rational camp.  Their rationale is this:  a presumption of innocence must always take precedence in legal matters, and victims should be listened to.  The two camps that are split can’t see this middle ground.  It’s simply this – his accuser should go to the police where the alleged crime to place, report it and let the investigation run its course.

There are consequences to what I just said.  If the investigation shows a crime was committed, a trial will be convened, and if found guilty, Kavanaugh will most likely be removed from the bench.  However, if it clears Kavanaugh of all wrongdoings, his accuser may have consequences to pay.

It Won’t Come to That

It won’t come to that.  She’s not going to go to the authorities.  Kavanaugh is going to serve and, just Clarance Thomas, when the smoke clears the air people will shake their head at this fiasco that has taken place.

The Truly Scary Part

The truly scary part is there are people who want to lynch Kavanaugh.  They believe his accuser is 100% truthful, he doesn’t need a trial, he’s guilty because she said he did these things.

I HAVE SAT ON THE ACCUSED SIDE.  It isn’t pretty.  It emotionally scars you for life.  My wife still leaves the room if I start to talk about it.  She can’t take being reminded of it.  It also had dire financial consequences.  I too was assumed guilty without any opportunity to prove my innocence.

The truly scary part is those in power who choose to ignore the Bill of Rights.  What adds it is there are those among us who believe it is okay that those in power ignore the Bill of Rights.  After all, if someone says it, it must be true, and if they accuse someone, that person is guilty.

Heaven help them if they are ever falsely accused.

A Month Away

A Month Away

It’s hard to believe pageant is only a month away.  They have trucks staged in the big parking lot at Hill Cumorah.  It looks like the stage construction will begin soon.

My workshop classes for photography are during pageant this year (again).  This means I’ll be in school from about 8am to 5pm daily.  I’ll miss much of the daytime stuff that accompanies pageant, but I’ll be able to watch the show one of those nights.

Social Media Fast

President Russell M. Nelson asked the youth to do a 7-day social media fast.  If the prophet asks the youth to do it, it must be good for others too.  But, like any fast, there are some things to consider.

  1. Do it in private.  Christ warned not to be as the publicans who disfigure their faces and dress in sackcloth and ashes.  In modern terms, I would take it to mean, don’t post stuff on social media like, “Okay, I’m going on a 7-day Facebook fast.  I don’t know how I’m going to manage, but I’m doing it okay.  Starting right now.”
  2. Social media is more than just Facebook.  It’s Twitter, Instagram, Snapchat, Pinterest, chat rooms, message boards, etc.  A 7-day social media fast must include all of them.
  3. A fast isn’t complete without an offering.  What will be your offering at the end of your 7-day media fast?  I’ve been thinking a lot about this.  I think it would be appropriate for 7 days worth of internet or phone charges donated to the fast offering fund.
  4. It should start and end with a prayer.  You should have in mind what Heavenly Father wants you to learn from the experience, and you should pray for understanding and strength.

I guess one learning might end up being that people can do with out so much social media.

Joking

Joking

Thinking President Nelson was joking, someone didn’t take the home teaching announcement seriously.  The dialog went something like this…

Person A:  Isn’t it great that they are implementing a new program to replace home teaching and visiting teaching?
Person B:  Ha ha ha.  Yeah, like they are doing away with home teaching and visiting teaching.
Person A:  Didn’t you watch General Conference?
Doubter B:  Yes, and don’t you know today is April Fool’s Day?
Person A:  Do you seriously think it is a joke?
Doubter B:  Uh, yeah.  It is April Fool’s Day

First, I don’t think the prophet of the Lord plays April Fool’s jokes.  Second, I don’t think we would have two speakers following the announcement to describe the details.

Of course, if you’re in any doubt, take time and pray about it.

Painting

I became deeply engrossed in creating paintings today.  There is so much I want to paint, and so little time.

Here is one of my recent paintings…

copyright 2018 db walton

No Title Yet

I thought about doing some funny things… like putting a cell phone in his left hand.  Or, putting a dead body behind the gate with a gun on the ground and calling it, “Stranger than Pulp Fiction.”  Or, “You’re sleeping on the stone bench tonight.”  (This represents about 10 hours of work.)

Wegman’s Break

I took a break to get groceries at Wegman’s.  After that, I was too pooped to paint.  However, a little while after resting, I began playing with an idea involving a horse and a woman with very long hair.

We Listen

We Listen

We listen to our prophet’s voice, and hear the word of God.  (paraphrasing a hymn)  Amos 3:7 is quite clear on the matter that God does nothing except he reveals his word to his servants, the prophets.

Today is the last day of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints’ General Conference.  I hate to see it come to an end.

Wikileaks

A newspaper reported that several videos have been leaked about the brethren discussing various issues.  Any sort of “leak”, especially when it contains digital information, is questionable.  It is questionable because it may have been obtained illegally.

Lawyers call it, “Fruit of the poisonous tree.”

Listening to a few minutes of one of the videos, I realized the following:

  1.  This is some lame attempt to make the church look bad.  It failed.
  2. The videos were obviously shown without permission.
  3. The videos may have been obtained illegally (i.e. via hacking, theft of hardware, etc.)

Simply reading the titles I thought, “So what?  These are topics leaders want to be informed about.”

Conclusions About the Leaks

No scandal, except by the person(s) who obtained and leaked the videos.  It shows the church leaders keep informed, and updated on world events.  It also shows they care about all people.

Dinner

We had leftover chili for dinner.  When I told the sisters I took my white chili to the Priesthood dinner last night she was surprised.  Her reaction was to the effect, “You fed them this!” as if to say it was too good for them.

I laughed.